Building Evidence-Based Arguments: Energy Crossroads

How did Benjamin Franklin feel when he discovered electricity? He was shocked! Writers put their their argumentative writing skills to the test in the fourth and final unit containing five scaffolded parts that first explore an energy issue, deepen their understanding, and then write an evidence-based claim about the topic. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Publish students' work in a school newspaper or class blog so their audience reaches beyond the classroom
  • Use reading and writing workshops to help learners better use strategies within lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource suggests assessment opportunities, but does not offer a formal plan; decide which assessments you would like to use before beginning the unit
  • Lesson comes complete with many recommended supplements for the unit
  • Great, creative assessment suggestions
  • Detailed, thorough rationales and evidence-based strategies throughout
  • None